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SubjectRe: [PATCH 7/9] x86: skip check for spurious faults for non-present faults
On 15/04/14 15:15, David Vrabel wrote:
> If a fault on a kernel address is due to a non-present page, then it
> cannot be the result of stale TLB entry from a protection change (RO
> to RW or NX to X). Thus the pagetable walk in spurious_fault() can be
> skipped.
> This avoids spurious_fault() oopsing in some cases if the pagetables
> it attempts to walk are not accessible. This obscures the location of
> the original fault.
> This also fixes a crash with Xen PV guests when they access entries in
> the M2P corresponding to device MMIO regions. The M2P is mapped
> (read-only) by Xen into the kernel address space of the guest and this
> mapping may contains holes for non-RAM regions. Read faults will
> result in calls to spurious_fault(), but because the page tables for
> the M2P mappings are not accessible by the guest the pagetable walk
> would fault.
> This was not normally a problem as MMIO mappings would not normally
> result in a M2P lookup because of the use of the _PAGE_IOMAP bit the
> PTE. However, removing the _PAGE_IOMAP bit requires M2P lookups for
> MMIO mappings as well.
> Signed-off-by: David Vrabel <>
> Reported-by: Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk <>
> Tested-by: Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk <>
> ---
> x86 maintainers, this is a prerequisite for removing Xen's usage of
> _PAGE_IOMAP so I think this is best merged via the Xen tree.

Peter, any opinion on this patch?


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